Sunday, April 28, 2013

Screen - Free Week

This coming week, April 29th - May 5th is Screen-Free Week!  I talked about it with my class on Friday, and we wrote some goals for the week about how we are going to eliminate or reduce screens in our lives.  The kids were surprisingly willing to do some cutting back on their video-game time (that's a big one!), t.v. watching, computer game playing, and social media networking (Instagram is a big thing with my 4th graders).  I also made some goals:

- No t.v.
- No Facebooking, Tweeting, or Blogging (the kids knew that these would be hard for me to give up!)
- Limited e-mailing/checking e-mail
- Limited texting
- More reading
- More writing in a writer's notebook
- More walking and exercising

I sure hope I can stick to this!  I was honest with my students that I spend a lot of time in front of screens.  We did agree that if you're reading a book on a screen, that would be okay.  A lot of my students read on iPads, Kindles, and Nooks.  After the week is up, I'm going to ask the kids to write about their week.  I will share those pieces of writing after Screen-Free Week is up.  In the meantime, no new blog posts!  This is it!


  1. Wow! I feel challenged to take this on, but am SO scared that I might not be able to do it. Maybe it's because I know how much I rely on the screens I have, and probably don't want to admit that I am on them all TOO MUCH! I'm going to seriously consider this, and share it with my class, as well. I wish you luck, and I know if I'm going to do it, I'll need a lot, too! Can't wait to hear how it goes for you.

  2. Oh I love the idea of Screen Free Week, no more POWERPOINTS! Lol. :-)

  3. Oh, I'm kind of jealous! I love this idea! have to look at a screen on Thursday when we meet. ;) Good for you and your kids. I bet you'll be amazed at how much more you get done around your home. I know I would be!